It was announced on the 11:00PM, PDST, news that George Carlin cashed
in his hand tonight.
He was a very funny guy.
His was the kind of humor that made you think.
Understand he had a history of heart trouble.
His lifestyle in his early adult life probably didn't help.
Yup, the old white robed reaper of the 70's and 80's claims another.
I remember when he thought his heart attack from his abuses was so
funny that he worked it into his act. When the second one came along,
it was a life style changer.
And so it is with a good friend of mine. He had a lot more fun than
he should have from the sixties until about the late 80s when he had
his kid. THAT changed his life on the spot.
But he can't undo what he did for so long. He has had a couple of
minor strokes, but luckily as of now they can control his problems
He sure has a lot of funny stories, though.
He worked #2 into his act anyway -- "I now lead Richard Pryor 2-1 in the
Comedians Heart Attack Sweepstakes. Of course, Richard leads me 1-0 in
Setting Yourself on Fire. See, what happened was, first Richard had a
heart attack. Then I had a heart attack. Then Richard set himself on
fire. And I said, f*ck that, I'm having another heart attack."
I remember that one!! He in my book was one of the top 10 funniest of all
time comic's. I like this one "Why do you Park on a Driveway and Drive on
a Parkway"? Making fun of the English Language was his specialty.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
It's pretty much like Brownsville, IMO, created by and for gringos looking for a
( dos pesos? She gets the pesos, you get the dose)
In most of the border towns, trouble is easy to find and if you're in the wrong
place, it will find you.. Especially if you look like a "rich" gringo...
For most people, other than service folks on weekend passes and kids on spring
break, you'd never be in one of those "wrong places"
I'm in San Felipe, about 120 miles south of the California border..
As far as living here, security is fine, though I'm not sure we need it..
We're in a huge development that has several gates off of the main highway, and
pretty good security folks on them 24/7..
We spend a lot of time in town, both working and playing, and I feel safer in
San felipe at night than I did in Fresno during the day..
Just as an example, every day in Fresno the police report in the local paper
listed several drive by's, robberies, car jackings, etc. a day..
Last week in San Felipe, 4 guys robbed the Baja version of a 7-11 and
yesterday's paper had the whole front page filled with the story and pictures of
the bad guys, police chief, etc.. It was big news..
I heard that there was a bank robbery in town, but that was years before we got
The snow bird season is over here as the heat and humidity set in, but they've
been selling wristbands and stuff for months for the 4th of July weekend..
We usually get several hundred kids down for that, as well as Spring break..
Lots of tickets written for minor stuff that kids do anywhere but I've never
heard anything about a kidnapping, serious injury or anything like that..
Sorry for the long post.. Must have been that 3rd cup of coffee..
Come on down, it's wonderful here!
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So be it, but today it qualifies as a "killing field", much the same
as any US slum with a drug problem and a turf war.
That's been SOP for ever, but things have escaluated to include car
jacking and kidnapping.
Sounds like you are pretty well insulated from the rest of Mexico.
Same kind of reports of local violence show up on TV news reports here
in L/A, but now they are starting to include the drug wars in Mexico
since there is a large Latino population in SoCal.
Travel warnings are being issued to leave before dark, travel in
It's a shame these turf wars, fueled by US drug money, are having such
a harmful effect, but until Mexican gov't can get a handle on things,
Mexican tourism is going to continue to suffer.
Looks like you are in pretty good shape.
Yeah, Baja is almost like it's own country... I don't know a lot about the
mainland, but a lot of bad things happen there and people tend to lump Baja in
Sort of thinking that the US sucks because of one bad city..
They don't put up with as much here.. (my area of Baja)
You can tell when it's a drug bust, because instead of cops, the officers are
agents wearing ski masks and carrying heavy weapons..
They busted one idiot that was wanted on the mainland and registered as a driver
in the Baja 500..DUH..
I haven't heard of anyone that had any problems, but I'm on the Sea of Cortez
side of Baja..
We try not to travel the highway after dark, but that's more of a safety issue..
A lot of vehicles here don't have lights and there are a LOT of very slow
the line of headlights coming into town.. Lots of cars coming for the weekend..
We're sort of unique here because along with all the visitors from the States,
this is a major vacation spot for the Mexican people living in more urban area
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